Office For Global Engagement

Office For Global Engagement

SENIOR LEADERSHIP

Chris M. Ireland, Ph.D.

Chief Global Officer
 chris.ireland@utah.edu

Chris M. Ireland, Ph.D.

Chief Global Officer
Dr. Chris M. Ireland joined the faculty of the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in 1983. He served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry from 1992-99 and as Dean of the College of Pharmacy and L. S. Skaggs Presidential Endowed Chair for Pharmacy from 2009 to 2014. In 2015, Dr. Ireland was appointed the Chief Administrative Officer of the University of Utah Asia Campus and Associate Vice President for Research at the Asia Campus. While living in Korea for three years he oversaw tremendous growth in the campus and was also active in revitalizing the University of Utah Korean Alumni Association that has more than 2000 members. He served in these roles at the Asia Campus until his current appointment as the Interim Chief Global Officer of the University of Utah in July 2018. Dr. Ireland will retain his appointments as a Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry. During his 35 years on the faculty he has established himself as a world leader in the field of natural product drug discovery. Dr. Ireland's research program has focused on the discovery of antitumor agents from natural product sources including marine invertebrate animals, tropical plants and fungi. He and his co-workers have published approximately 200 peer reviewed research articles, eight book chapters and eight patents and received more than $25M in extramural research funding. He has trained more than 60 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in his lab, many of which have gone on to very successful research careers of their own. It is notable that approximately half of his co-workers have pursued academic careers and include among their ranks a sitting Dean of a US College of Pharmacy, a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry at a major US University and a variety of other leadership roles at Universities around the world. His research accomplishments and international reputation have been acknowledged in the form of numerous invitations to speak at national and international symposia on natural products research and cancer chemotherapeutics. Dr. Ireland has received additional recognition by serving on a number of review panels at NIH including the Bioorganic and Natural Products NIH study section and most recently as a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Counselors. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, an American Society of Pharmacognosy Fellow, a 2008 short term Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Queensland Museum Biodiversity Program. His awards include an NIH Career Development Award, the 2006 University of Utah Inaugural Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, the 2006 University of Utah, College of Pharmacy Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2007 University of Utah Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Award, the 10th Webster Sibilsky Award for Contributions to the Field of Medicinal Chemistry, the 2007 Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology, the 2010 Taito O. Soine Award, the 2012 ASP Farnsworth Award, the 2014 Robert F. Borne Distinguished Lecture Award, the 2014 Richard Hutchinson Award Lecture, and the 2014 Paul J. Scheuer award, the most prestigious award in the field of marine natural products. Dr. Ireland has served as the Principal Investigator of a National Cooperative Drug Discovery Group consortium funded by the NCI to discover new cancer drugs from unique natural products sources, and as the Co-PI of an International Cooperative Biodiversity Group consortium funded by the Fogerty International Center to discover new HIV, Malaria and TB drugs from plants and traditional medicines in Papua New Guinea. During his career, Dr. Ireland has been actively engaged in international research and education programs that have supported student exchanges and development of infrastructure for education and teaching at the University of the Philippines, The University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and the University of Papua New Guinea. Dr. Ireland and his wife Mary Kay Harper, who is a research scientist at the U, have four children and eight grandchildren. Three of their children attended the U. Dr. Ireland and Mary Kay have traveled extensively throughout the tropical Pacific Ocean and Southeast Asia. Their passion is scuba diving and underwater photography.
 chris.ireland@utah.edu

Sabine C. Klahr, Ed.D.

Associate Chief Global Officer and Executive Director for Learning Abroad
 s.klahr@utah.edu

Sabine C. Klahr, Ed.D.

Associate Chief Global Officer and Executive Director for Learning Abroad
Sabine C. Klahr is the Executive Director of the Office for Global Engagement at the University of Utah. In 2017-18, she served as Acting Chief Global Officer. Sabine is a past President of the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA), an association serving leaders in international higher education around the globe. She has 20 years of professional experience in international higher education, including positions in education abroad and as senior international officer at four previous institutions. Sabine earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Montana State University-Bozeman in 1998 with an emphasis on international education leadership. Her dissertation research focused on integrating education abroad into engineering education. Her continued research and writing has focused on global partnership development and internationalizing higher education. Previously, Sabine earned a bachelors and masters in botany from the University of Oklahoma and taught in secondary science and outdoor education in Colorado and Montana. Sabine has served on a wide range of boards and committees for AIEA as well as for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). In 2010 she received a Fulbright Award to India and in 2017 a Fulbright Specialist Award to Norway. In 2016, she was awarded the AIEA Timothy J. Rutenber Award for her service and leadership in the association. Sabine has authored and co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals in botany and international higher education as well as book chapters and reviews. She has served as a consultant for various entities regarding international higher education. Her experience with international education began when she arrived in the U.S. as a high school exchange student from Germany. From an early age, she spent hours looking at world maps and pointing at places far from Germany wondering what people do there and how they live their lives. She enjoys spending time with her family in the mountains and canyons of Utah and surrounding states, hiking, backpacking, trail running, and mountain climbing. Her interests include environmental sustainability and protection of open space and wilderness, writing, travel, and learning about cultures and people around the world.
 s.klahr@utah.edu

SPECIAL ADVISORS

Michael L. Hardman, Ph.D.

Special Advisor
 michael.hardman@utah.edu

Michael L. Hardman, Ph.D.

Special Advisor
Michael Hardman is a University Distinguished Professor, Special Assistant to the Office for Global Engagement (OGE), Dean Emeritus, College of Education, and President/ Co-Chair of the University of Utah Asia Campus Board of Directors. He is the former University Chief Global Officer (2013-2018), Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (2012-2013), Dean of the College of Education (2007-2012), as well as Chair of the Department of Special Education, Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, and College Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Hardman has numerous experiences within education and public policy, including appointment as the Matthew J. Guglielmo Endowed Chair at California State University, Los Angeles; Visiting Senior Scholar at Cambridge University; Senior Education Advisor and Kennedy Fellow, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation; Legislative Staff to the United States Senate; the Governor’s Representative to the California Advisory Commission on Special Education, University Coordinator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring; President of the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education; and a member of the Board of Directors for several international organizations. He has directed or consulted on several international projects on school improvement for USAID, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and UNICEF. Dr. Hardman has published widely in international and national journals in the field of education and has authored nine college textbooks of which two, Human Exceptionality (Cengage Learning) and Intellectual Disabilities Through the Lifespan (Pearson Group), are in their twelfth and ninth editions respectively. As a researcher, he has directed international and national demonstration projects in the areas of educational policy and reform, teacher quality and professional development, inclusive education, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders in education. Michael Hardman is married to Monica Ferguson, National Board Certified Language Specialist, Research Associate in the Urban Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Utah, Co-Founder and Former Director of the Stegner Writing Institute. Mike and Monica live in Park City, Utah, and enjoy hiking, skiing, and tennis. Together they are the parents of five children and have 12 grandchildren.
 michael.hardman@utah.edu

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Randy McCrillis

Executive Director, for U Asia Campus
 randy.mccrillis@utah.edu

Randy McCrillis

Executive Director, for U Asia Campus
Randy McCrillis, Ph.D. is the Dean of Students at The University of Utah Asia Campus. Previously, Randy was Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement and Assessment and Director of Cultural Unity and Engagement Center at The University of Colorado Boulder. He has a Ph.D. in Leadership from the University of Nebraska, he has taught courses in cross-cultural communication, organizational behavior, leadership and diversity facilitation at the graduate and undergraduate level. Randy enjoys skiing, hiking and camping with his 6 year old daughter.
 randy.mccrillis@utah.edu

DIRECTORS

Sean Bridegam

Director, Global Risk Management
 sean.bridegam@utah.edu

Sean Bridegam

Director, Global Risk Management
Sean Bridegam, Global Risk Manager for the Office for Global Engagement, joined the University of Utah in December of 2015. Sean has worked in the international risk and safety field for over 8 years, and brings experience and expertise in risk prevention, mitigation, emergency preparedness and response. Prior to his arrival at the U, Sean worked to develop and support international risk and safety programming for students at the University of Texas at Austin. Sean collaborates with faculty and staff at the University of Utah to strengthen health and safety support and resources available to students travelling abroad. He also assists in the development of policies, procedures, and best practices relating to faculty, staff and student international travel. Sean works to review and assess University travel to high-risk destinations, and serves as a 24-hour first responder and crisis manager for international emergencies. Sean enjoys helping student travelers understand how to prepare themselves for safe experiences abroad, as well as assisting faculty and staff in international program development. He lived and worked in Central America from 2005-2013, and has a background in business and international travel management. Sean enjoys visiting the breathtaking wilderness areas of Utah, and spends his free time traveling, hiking, camping and cooking with his family.
 sean.bridegam@utah.edu

Cheri Daily

Director, External Relations and Global Programs
 cheri.daily@utah.edu

Cheri Daily

Director, External Relations and Global Programs
Cheri Daily, Director External Relations and Global Programs joined the University of Utah in 2008. Cheri has spent 14 years in university development, alumni relations and corporate and foundation relations. Prior to her career in higher education, Cheri worked for 20 years in the software and internet industry, culminating in a 7-year career with AOL and AOL Time Warner where she was Vice President, Time Warner Digital Properties. Cheri enjoys cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and camping and deeply appreciates Utah’s spectacular wilderness.
 cheri.daily@utah.edu

Chelsea Wells

Director, Int'l Student & Scholar Service
 chelsea.wells@utah.edu

Chelsea Wells

Director, Int'l Student & Scholar Service
The Office for Global Engagement (OGE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chelsea Wells as the new Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). This is an important leadership role in OGE and for the University, ensuring compliance with federal immigration regulations, advocating for international students and scholars on campus and in our community, and providing specialized support services for our 2,900 students and 450 scholars who come from 111 countries around the world. Chelsea brings exceptional expertise to OGE with respect to federal immigration regulations, advocacy for our international community, international student recruitment and admissions, and the relationships she has built across campus and in the community. Chelsea Wells is a dedicated higher education professional who has been working with international students and diverse communities for nearly ten years. With a background in Anthropology and Law, Chelsea has worked to advocate for the needs of international students and their families through a myriad of channels, including immigration and educational advising, as well as recruitment and admissions processing. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago, and her Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law. Chelsea has worked at the University of Utah for nearly four years, and most recently served as the Director of Operations in the Office of Admissions. Chelsea is greatly looking forward to continuing to work with the international community at the U, as well as for the opportunity to continue to advocate and innovate to expand our programs and initiatives to best serve our international students and scholars. Chelsea is starting in her new role on July 8, 2019.
 chelsea.wells@utah.edu

STAFF

Sovanna Behrmann

Administrative Manager
 sovanna.behrmann@utah.edu

Claudia Diaz

Communication Specialist
 claudia.diaz@utah.edu

Dave Howell

Senior Information Technology Specialist
 dave.howell@utah.edu

Cecily Sakrison

Account Executive / Editor
 c.sakrison@utah.edu

Matthew Stevens

Project Coordinator
 matthew.stevens@utah.edu

STUDENT STAFF

Shenrui Yang

Global Program Assistant
 sherry.yang@utah.edu

GLOBAL ADVISORS & AMBASSADORS

Tariq Banuri

Global Advisor

Eric K. Hutchings

Global Ambassador

GLOBAL U MISSION

 

Mission Statement

OGE provides leadership, infrastructure and best practices in support of University of Utah global initiatives. Our mission is to serve as a hub for cross-cultural education, outreach and scholarship.

Vision

Our vision is to advance transformative learning, scholarship and cross-cultural collaboration through global engagement.

Core Values

  • Create Opportunities for Global Learning and Scholarship
  • Promote Intercultural Competence and Understanding
  • Make a Difference
  • Collaborate as a Catalyst for Growth and Change